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You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
Posted on 11/19/2019
You Can Buy a Home Without an Agent, But…
You may be thinking to yourself that rather than hiring an agent, you could use that commission money for something else. In most cases, buyers' real estate agents will ask for five to eight percent of the property's purchase price, which is certainly not cheap. After all, can’t you just post your ideal house on a Facebook forum...
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Finding Property Gold In Less Desirable Areas
Posted on 11/12/2019
Finding Property Gold In Less Desirable Areas
If you’re looking for the perfect location to live but can’t quite afford the neighborhood that you’re vying for, a good option is to look for what’s deemed a "up and coming" neighborhood. These areas are where buyers can find the perfect house in a place where property values are only going to increase in the coming years. Buyers...
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Buying a Home with a Minimalist Mindset
Posted on 11/05/2019
Buying a Home with a Minimalist Mindset
Are you a minimalist? If you’ve heard this question recently, you may be wondering just what it means and how does it affect you. It is NOT a set of rules.It is NOT about how much you own. It is NOT about how much money you earn. It is NOT about buying specific items or giving up certain...
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How to Avoid a Complicated Home Selling Experience
Posted on 10/29/2019
How to Avoid a Complicated Home Selling Experience
Selling a house sometimes can be complicated. But if you understand the home selling journey, you may be better equipped than other sellers to avoid potential pitfalls. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you simplify the home selling journey. 1. Analyze the Local Housing Market The age and condition of your home may have far-flung...
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Water, Water Everywhere
Posted on 10/22/2019
Water, Water Everywhere
For years, city planners worked to improve green spaces because of the known health benefits. That means more parks, trails, trees, and gardens grace municipalities across the country than before. But what about blue spaces? According to marine biologist, Wallace J. Nichols, blue space may have more profound implications than green space for emotional and physical wellness. What...
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How Many House Showings Should You Host?
Posted on 10/15/2019
How Many House Showings Should You Host?
The number of showings a seller needs to host varies. In some instances, a buyer may submit an offer to purchase a house following an initial showing. Or, in other cases, a seller may host dozens of showings without receiving any offers to purchase his or her house. Ultimately, there are lots of things that a seller can do...
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How to Repair Your Marble Countertops
Posted on 10/08/2019
How to Repair Your Marble Countertops
The word “sincere” comes from the Latin prefix sine meaning “without” and the cerae meaning “wax.” In ancient times, when marble had cracks or chips, nefarious craftsmen would fill the crack with wax to hide the damage, making the stonework “insincere.” With the proliferation of marble countertops in the décor of the past several years, many homeowners do...
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How To Get Your Home Ready For A Baby
Posted on 10/01/2019
How To Get Your Home Ready For A Baby
Babies change everything, especially when it comes to your home. If you have a little one on the way then baby-proofing your home is in the near future. Here are a few tips to get your house prepared for that new little addition. Preliminaries Safety first Kids, especially babies, seem to always be in precarious situations mostly because...
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Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
Posted on 09/24/2019
Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
As recently as 20-25 years ago, most people thought “staging” was for the theater and model homes. The idea of professionally temporarily decorating a home to sell it was not on the average homeowner’s radar. All that changed with the advent of TLC, HGTV, and other networks dedicated to home buying/selling and renovating shows. If you’re selling a...
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Artful Vintage
Posted on 09/17/2019
Artful Vintage
Are you shopping for art for just the right piece to complete your décor? You'll find a plethora of art at vintage stores and antique malls. Some stalls cater specifically to old paintings, maps, or empty frames, so take a peak in all the kiosks and booths. But know what you're looking at before you go. Paintings versus...
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Why you Need a Real Estate Professional
Posted on 09/10/2019
Why you Need a Real Estate Professional
When looking to purchase real estate, you will have a lot of questions. That is where a real estate professional can help you out. Not only with the questions you currently have but with those things you did not even know to ask. At first, it may just be about the market in general. Is it time to...
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Buying, Building or Remodeling? Start with An Idea Book
Posted on 09/03/2019
Buying, Building or Remodeling? Start with An Idea Book
Thinking of buying a new home, building your dream home or remodeling the home you have? Before you reach out to your nearest real estate agent, find a building contractor or raid your local do-it-yourself home improvement store, gather and refine all your ideas in one place by creating an idea book. As the name says, an idea...
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